A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2013, at Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. Michael Collier officiating.
The family will greet friends at the cemetery, after the service.
He was born in Harriman on Nov. 10, 1930, to Edward S. Thornton and Wanda Creekmore Thornton.
He was a member of Jersey Baptist Church and a retired employee of Magic Chef Corp.
He enjoyed his family, freshwater fishing, traveling and the mountains of North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn Patton Thornton, on Dec. 29, 2009; sister, Virginia Cody and brothers: Robert and Lawrence Thornton.
He is survived by his daughter, Janice “Jan” Kaye Thornton (Jim) of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; sons, Ricky L. “Butch” Thornton (Judy) of Summerville and James S. “Steve” Thornton of Linwood; grandchildren: Katherine, Emma and Jacob; sisters: Dorothy Hamilton of Cleveland; and brothers: William Thornton of Cleveland and Lanny Thornton of South Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jacob’s Ladder, 107 Tallow St., Summerville SC 29483.
Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington, N.C., had charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.